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Latest BIM survey opens as discussions continue over FM use

06 January 2020

Responses to the NBS BIM Survey are being called for, as the initiative celebrates its 10th year of tracking the adoption of building information modelling.

Designed to provide a database to assist in the management of buildings for their entire lifecycle, there has been considerable discussion about the use of BIM within the FM sector, including comments from the PFM Editorial Advisory Board (EAB).

With an increasing number of new facilities including BIM in their initial stage of construction, particularly within the public sector, concern has been expressed that the model has not been used after this.

Reasons for this have ranged from lack of understanding about the long term benefits, along with questions over who should bear the cost.

However, discussions with FMs around the industry have shown that there is more willingness to engage with BIM when constructing new facilities.

The NBS survey shows that BIM adoption has grown from a figure of 10% in 2011 to just under 70% in last year's survey.

In addition to being made mandatory for the construction of all public sector buildings three years ago, the 2019 report also shows the impact of the launch of ISO standards, with 16% of respondents stating they had begun to use ISO 19650.

NBS innovation director Stephen Hamil said last year's survey also showed "a pause in growth of adoption as the industry consolidates and matures in its integration of BIM".

This year's survey is designed to show both the adoption rate and whether "BIM has become the norm for the construction industry", he continued.

"We also know the the use of new digital technologies is transforming construction.

"In this survey, we will look beyond BIM to some of the new technologies being used in the built environment.

"The survey will look at current best practice alongside what the future might look like for digital construction," said Mr Hamil.

Those wishing to take part in this year's BIM survey can do so by clicking here.

The 2019 survey is also available by clicking here.

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